This book follows the story of Benjamin who joins the exploration and settlement party of Rufus Putnam and helps to establish the Marietta, the first American settlement in the Ohio River valley. The settlers have to combat weather, Indians, and raging rivers as they travel on flatboats to their destination.
The author of this series of stories for children has endeavored simply to show why and how the descendants of the early colonists fought their way through the wilderness in search of new homes. The several narratives deal witli the struggles of those adventurous people who forced their way westward, ever westward, whether in hope of gain or in answer to " the call of the wild," and who, in so doing, wrote their names with their blood across this country of ours from the Ohio to the Columbia.
To excite in the hearts of the young people of this land a desire to know more regarding the building up of this great nation, and at the same time to entertain in such a manner as may stimulate to noble deeds, is the real aim of these stories. In them there is nothing of romance, but only a careful, truthful record of the part played by children in the great battles with those forces, human as well as natural, which, for so long a time, held a vast portion of this broad land against the advance of home seekers.
With the knowledge of what has been done by our own people in our own land, surely there is no reason why one should resort to fiction in order to depict scenes of heroism, daring, and sublime disregard of suffering in nearly every form.
Books Consulted in Writing
BALDWIN, JAMES: Conquest of the Old Northwest. American Book Company.
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DRAKE, SAMUEL ADAMS: Making of the Ohio Valley States. Charles Scribner's Sons.
EARLE, ALICE MORSE: Home Life in Colonial Days. The Macmillan Company.
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HILDRETH, S. P.: Pioneer History. H. W. Derby & Co.
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HOWELLS, WILLIAM DEAN: Stories of Ohio. American Book Company
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